EN604: Seminar in Contemporary Literary
Dr. Paul Harris
We will read work that represents a number of critical approaches
developed within literary theory in the past twenty-five years,
including reader response, post-structuralism, feminism, semiotics,
eco-criticism and cultural criticism. The class conveys some of the
influential currents of thought in literary theory that inform
contemporary work in the profession. We will combine critical and
fictional readings in order to investigate the practical
ramifications of different theoretical methods.
- David Richter, ed., The Critical Tradition
- Brian Rotman, Signifying Nothing: the Semiotics of
- Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory
All entries listed by author's last name are from the Richter
anthology. Pieces listed by author and title are xeroxed
- Week 1: Introduction to Post-War Criticism
- What was Formalism?
- Eagleton, chapters 1-2
- Weeks 2-4: Author/Text/Reader
- Borges, "Borges and I"; Cortazar, "Blow-Up"
- Foucault, Barthes, Iser
- Weeks 5-7: Simple and Odd: Reading Poe
- Poe, "The Purloined Letter"
- Lacan, Derrida
- Weeks 8-10: Feminism
- Baym, Kolodny, Gilbert and Gubar, Cixous
- Week 11: Eco-Criticism
- Bateson, "Style, Grace and Information in Primitive
- Kroeber, "Biology of Mind and the Future of Criticism"
- Weeks 12-13: Cultural Criticism
- Said, Jameson
- Chambers, "Cities without Maps"
- Kuberski, "Unconscious Cities"
- Weeks 14-15: Semiotics
- Rotman, Signifying Nothing
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